The End of the Road

The End of the Road

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Matthew Brennan taught courses in literature and poetry writing at Indiana State University for thirty-two years. In 2021, he published Snow in New York: New and Selected Poems (Lamar U. Literary Press). He has published five other books of poetry, including The Sea-Crossing of Saint Brendan and The House with the Mansard Roof, which was named a finalist for the 2010 Best Books of Indiana. He has also authored four critical books, most recently The Colosseum Critical Introduction to Dana Gioia (Franciscan U.P., 2020). The others are Wordsworth, Turner, and Romantic Landscape, The Gothic Psyche, and The Poet’s Holy Craft. His poems and criticism have appeared in Sewanee Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Amsterdam Quarterly, Commonweal, New York Times Book Review, South Atlantic Quarterly, Wordsworth Circle, Southern Quarterly, African American Review, THINK, and Georgia Review. He has won the Thomas Merton Center Prize for Poetry of the Sacred and The Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Research and Creativity Award. He’s a native of St. Louis and earned degrees at Grinnell College and the University of Minnesota. He now lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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Paperback: 84 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books (December 4, 2023)

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